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Kali, Los Angeles, CA
Kali, Los Angeles, CA
Kali, Los Angeles, CA
Kali, Los Angeles, CA
Kali, Los Angeles, CA
Award-winning

Kali

4.5
4.5
1521 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Kali is a small neighborhood restaurant tucked in between Hollywood and Larchmont village. Created by lifelong friends/co-workers chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley, the two have had always dreamed about creating a high-end restaurant without pretension. Stripping away all facades of what fine dining should be, Kali focuses strictly on the ingredient, technique, and service creating a casual environment everyone can enjoy.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (323) 871-4160
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Kevin Meehan
  • Catering
    Please contact info@kalirestaurant.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    LET US CUSTOMIZE YOUR PARTY! Thank you for your interest in dining with us at Kali restaurant! Due to the size of our restaurant, larger parties may be subject to “buy out” the restaurant. We offer many styles of service and we are happy to customize for any occasion. The pricing is dependent on the day of the event. For parties of 7 or more guests, we suggest that you please participate in a set menu. This is so we may better serve you and your guests. Please contact info@kalirestaurant.com for more information.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Hollywood
  • Cross street
    Lucerne
  • Parking details
    Street Parking available on Lucerne Blvd and Larchmont Blvd
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Kali | Windrose Farms Dinner

    $195.00 per person

    Apr 18, 2024 only
    Join us on Thursday, April 18th for a special dinner with Windrose Farms. Menu: Spring Market Salad Seasonal Fruits, Roots Garden Greens Lamb Tortellini Fava Beans / Herbed Consommé Channel Island Black Cod Charred Spigarello / Herb Jus Trio of Windrose Farms Spring Lamb Candied Carrot / Crispy Polenta Bitter Chocolate Cremeaux Spearmint / Cocoa Nib Crumble
    Kali | Windrose Farms Dinner Photo

What 1,521 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hollywood

    Innovative

  • Hollywood

    Great for fine wines

  • Hollywood

    Good for special occasions

1,521 Reviews
  1. clares

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kali is consistently inventive and delicious. Service is impeccable and Chef Kevin always has something new and interesting to try. We have been many times and are never disappointed. A really special place deserving of its Michelin star.

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  2. PaliTrojan

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was creative and good. The service was average, with an excessive wait between the second course and third course. As a resident of the Palisades, I would probably not make the trek back, unless I happened to be in Hollywood for business.

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  3. jennifers

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The manager Bullied his staff. Made our meal very uncomfortable

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  4. CycleBuddy

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a lovely restaurant and as a person living around the corner I love that we have a Michelin Star but the dishes are incredibly expensive and do not blow socks off. That being said: the bone-in Porkchop at $48 was really good. My husband had the black cod and we shared our dishes, which was a perfect amount of food (and some pork was left on the plate). The truffles brought at the end were amazing. Service is great. Lighting, mood, noise level - all excellent.

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  5. Danni

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolute delight! Incredible food, drinks, service

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  6. JimD

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu at Kali is excellent. Always delicious with crisp service!

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  7. Robs

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Probably better for a la carte than tasting menu. The tasting menu was mediocre especially given the price point. Nearly every dish lacked acid / salt. The duck was good. Too many courses seemed the exact same like a plate of blanched farmers market vegetables.

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  8. jzsz

    Los Angeles

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down the best restaurant in Los Angeles. Every single thing on the menu is so unique and the flavors are outstanding and just burst in your mouth. We love Kali!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Return For 3rd Time , Never Dissapoints. One Of Best Duck Breast In L.A.

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  10. Mycroft

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience was nice: high ceilinged, relaxed. Art could use a makeover. Salad with 20 ingredients from Santa Monica farmer’s market was great, and swordfish also v good. Above average wines-by-the glass service. Ask for the sommelier and try a taste before ordering. Great music playlist in bathroom/ not in main room. The bread rolls are delicious, served warm *after* the appetizers which is unusual but I liked it. Expect to pay $125 per person even a la carte with a glass or two of wine. Enjoyed the meal.

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  11. AndyS

    Orange County

    544 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    544 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another delightful experience at Kali! Cuisine, service, and hospitality were exceptional. The crudo is a "must" and the new squash soup is simply sublime. The black cod and Mary's Farm duck breast were delicious and beautifully presented. The wine list is well curated and offers compelling pairing with the dishes. Everything about Kali demonstrates a passion for delivering the best. Cant wait to return!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and presentation of it was stellar, everything and more for a nice night out with a significant other or friend. Loved this experience.

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  13. Tack

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
     very poor experience, just listened to the staff fight all night, and how the dark haired waitress doesn’t wash her hair. The dishes were so salty. it really seems that they have way too many tables for the amount of staff. the servers really seem like they hated their job, even one, exclaiming, “aren’t you glad this night is almost over?” to the kitchen; and this was before our main savory dish came out. Also while we are waiting for our Uber, one of the waitresses came outside and asks us if we have changed for a $20 bill. Wtf . the servers really seemed like they hated their job, even one, exclaiming, aren’t you glad this night is almost over. It really felt like we were just an inconvenience to the workers. 

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  14. mtngt3

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The pork chop was too fatty and overpriced for the portion. Mastro’s charges also charges $48 for the pork chop and it’s a double cut.

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  15. BenN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We each had the 5 course seasonal menu. For the price, I was not impressed. There was nothing wrong with the food, it was all delicious, but the overall presentation and flavors were on par with any other $$$ or $$$$ non-michelin restaurant. None of the bites of food gave me that moment of surprise, that moment of discovering something new or interesting that would make it worthy of its star. Service and ambience were good. The drinks we had were good. You have to find street parking, or else pay for valet.

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  16. CameronK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, cool ambiance, wonderful bar selection

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Overall, I do not recommend Kali. I try to give grace when I can, but several areas fell flat — food and service.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Front of house, specifically the maitre d, seem nervous and arrogant at the same time. Nonetheless, the menu was captivating.

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  19. FancyDiner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I had the chef's menu and my wife the seasonal tasting menu. Overall the quality of the food is quite good. I liked the beef tartare, the truffle risotto. Urmi polenta was good as one of the amuse-bouche/appetizers. I did not quite enjoy the aged yolk shredded ice cream but that may just be my personal taste. The duck was ok - mine had a piece of tendon in it. The seafood otherwise not particularly memorable. The service leaves much to be desired. Several of our servers looked tired, disinterested. There was a long delay in the middle of the service. My scallop dish was introduced as cod and then they forgot about my ninth dish!! I suspect they forgot to serve me the cod. At the end most of the table got a chocolate truffle with the bill, but our table did not receive it. Ambience was not fancy - more like a busy trendy restaurant. If one of the LA restaurant loses their Michelin star next year, this one might the one.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great dining experience! We loved the food and wine pairings. Very accommodating to our dietary needs. Thank you chef Kevin!

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  21. William

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Crowed Beach is a must get if you love seafood and we are still talking about the Gelato with cured egg yolk at the end! Phenomenal night and definitely will come back.

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  22. TiffanyM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful restaurant! You can tell that each dish is carefully crafted, the flavors are unique yet familier. Their sommelier is knowledgeable and paired each dish brilliantly. Service was amazingly attentive, made us feel like honored guests. Will definitely come again soon!

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  23. Russell

    New York City

    79 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Excellent food marred by poor service, bland decor, petty additional charges for two extra olives in a martini. Don’t bother going. There are far better choices in LA.

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  24. JoelJ

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the chefs tasting menu. About 80% of the nine courses I thought were really good. The hanger steak course was my least favorite. The meat was tough and it was heavily flavored. And the first dessert which was comprised of cheese done in various ways, was not sweet at all. It didn’t taste or feel like a sweet or savory dessert. The waitstaff was great. The sommelier was very helpful. The restaurant staff said good night and thank you when we left. It’s a good team of people working there. The space is minimalist and comfortable. The noise level was low to moderate. I don’t know that the cost of the meal was justified. 

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really tasty and unique! Really can’t compare it to anywhere else. Wonderful flavors in the risotto and the gelato was so unique and delicious.

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  26. JohnWhite

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food with top notch service. The entire table was happy with their apps, mains, and deserts. Everything was beautifully presented and the Somm gave us perfect pairings.

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  27. Zulfiqar

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was able to accommodate slight changes to the reservation which was great. Once seated, the server was very cordial and professional. For a Michelin star restaurant, the ambience was somewhat informal, but thoroughly enjoyable. The ‘crowded beach’ appetizer was memorable and delicious. The sea urchin pasta was to-die-for, and the rib-eye was so very satisfying. All in all, a great experience with awesome food and excellent service. We’ll be visiting again.

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  28. VeteranFoodie

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Kali since it first opened eight years ago. The menu may change, but the high-level of quality and service remain constant. This is Michelin star dining at its best: it’s all about the food and the dining experience. We had the caviar to start, and it didn’t disappoint. The new take on the beet salad with citrus is wonderful. We decided to order the aged ribeye which we’ve had before, and it was delicious as always . The only problem was that there was so much we had to take some home to enjoy the next day. this restaurant is a gem and should be on Everyone’s go to list for a special meal. 

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  29. DavidC

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So delicious! Fresh, creative, and elegant modern California cuisine. Not pretentious—just really good and well calibrated. They use high quality ingredients and let them shine. Presentation is exquisite and the flavors are delicate but focused. Can’t wait to go back!

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  30. PengboW

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Dry aged ribrye is the worst steak I've ever had. Bad!

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  31. Foodie

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only flaw in the evening was the gentleman at the front door. He was a bit brusque and in no way inviting or friendly. Otherwise, great food and service.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I dont know if it is just my wife and I or it is everyone, the food is just not good at all. Oyster is not fresh, steak has a weird taste with a tendon that the knife just wouldn’t cut through. Black cod is served with a sauce that is simply too oily. I am not sure how they got the star. Services were okay.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always inspirational well cooked food . Perfect service too Thank you

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  34. TinaC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kali is easily one of our favorite restaurants in LA. The food is consistently amazing, the service is always exceptional, the wine pairings are perfection and the ambience is energetic. Do yourself a favor and dine there immediately!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, the food is amazing I absolutely adore it

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  36. AndyS

    Orange County

    544 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    544 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every visit to Kali reminds me why I love this restaurant so much. While the high quality cuisine, service and hospitality are always familar, each visit brings a new twist to the menu. The crudo is an ever changing palate of flavor, and the current set with citrus nage was refreshing. The housemade pastas at Kali are really special, and tonight's showstopper was the Parsnip Caramelle - a perfectly al dente shell stuffed with creamy ricotta, sage and a dusting of sweet potato crumble. The wine and beverage list, curated by Drew Langley offers compelling pairings at everyday and special occasion price points. Each selection on the list is thoughtfully sourced to complement the cuisine, making it one of my favorite wine restaurants anywhere. I'm already thinking about my next visit to Kali!

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  37. ErinD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the experience was absolutely incredible. highly recommend!

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  38. RyanP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I've had in my life. Great experience overall. Got the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairing, both of which were absolutely worth it. Highly recommend.

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  39. EricW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing tasting menu! Highly recommend the yellowtail crudo

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  40. Mike

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to for special occasions when a $200+ per person is warranted. Always just enough to eat, always good and sometimes amazing dishes, spectacularly attentive and caring staff. It's a treat.

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FAQs

Kali offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 871-4160.

Kali is rated 4.5 stars by 1521 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kali

5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Cross street
    Lucerne
  • Neighborhood
    Hollywood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking available on Lucerne Blvd and Larchmont Blvd
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kevin Meehan
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (323) 871-4160
  • Catering
    Please contact info@kalirestaurant.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    LET US CUSTOMIZE YOUR PARTY! Thank you for your interest in dining with us at Kali restaurant! Due to the size of our restaurant, larger parties may be subject to “buy out” the restaurant. We offer many styles of service and we are happy to customize for any occasion. The pricing is dependent on the day of the event. For parties of 7 or more guests, we suggest that you please participate in a set menu. This is so we may better serve you and your guests. Please contact info@kalirestaurant.com for more information.
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